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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

An Illustrated Life

  • Author: Alfonso Casas
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 1477320636
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 136
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The music of Queen and powerhouse lead singer Freddie Mercury are best experienced with the volume turned all the way up. Alfonso Casas’s Freddie Mercury delivers a sonorous homage to the formidable singer and the turning points that produced a game-changing body of music that continues to inspire fans around the globe. First published in Spain and now available worldwide, this luminous work covers Freddie's three “births”: his birth as Farrokh Bulsara in Tanzania; his adoption of the last name of Mercury and the launch of Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor; and the emergence of the lasting legend after Freddie’s death at the age of forty-five. Casas's evocative illustrations highlight the key moments in the singer’s transformation from child prodigy to superstar, bringing to life the bold innovator who broke free of his conventional upbringing. Chronicling events from Freddie’s marriage to Mary Austin and early fame in London’s 1970s glam scene, to the making of multiple megahits (including the six-minute chart-topper “Bohemian Rhapsody”), to his final years in a lasting relationship with Jim Hutton, Freddie Mercury is an exhilarating, poignant portrait of a creative genius who lived life to the hilt.

Mercury

Mercury

An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

  • Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1451663978
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures. A revealing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen. As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering façade. Now, more than twenty years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock ’n’ roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones gained unprecedented access to Mercury’s tribe, and she details Queen’s slow but steady rise to fame and Mercury’s descent into dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses—this was, after all, a man who once declared, “Darling, I’m doing everything with everyone.” In her journey to understand Mercury, Jones traveled to London, Zanzibar, and India—talking with everyone from Mercury’s closest friends to the sound engineer at Band Aid (who was responsible for making Queen even louder than the other bands) to second cousins halfway around the world. In the process, an intimate and complicated portrait emerges. Meticulously researched, sympathetic yet not sensational, Mercury offers an unvarnished look at the extreme highs and lows of life in the fast lane. At the heart of this story is a man...and the music he loved.

Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic

Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic

  • Author: Mark Blake
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • ISBN: 1783237783
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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Freddie Mercury was rock’s most dazzling showman, a legendary entertainer who in 1991, at the age of just forty-five, became the first major music star to die of AIDS. Mercury’s soaring four-octave voice was a defining element in Queen’s unique sound, crucial to the success of the band’s fifteen studio albums, from Queen (1973) to Made in Heaven (1995). He was also a supremely talented songwriter and musician who wrote many of the band’s greatest hits, including ‘Killer Queen’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and their biggest triumph, the epic anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As a solo artist he released two acclaimed albums: Mr. Bad Guy in 1985 and the operatic 'Barcelona' with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé in 1988. Mercury’s extraordinary charisma was perhaps best seen in his imperious live performances, in which he’d hold vast stadium crowds to rapturous attention. His outrageous theatrics, physicality and over-the-top costumes led one commentator to describe him as ‘a performer out to tease, shock, and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself’. He pushed the limits of camp in everything he did. His extreme behaviour, in a society in which being gay was only starting to be accepted, just added to Freddie Mercury’s allure. With expert understanding, Mark Blake traces Mercury’s life from his childhood in Zanzibar and India to his untimely death, and charts his astonishing achievements including in Queen’s world-conquering performance at Live Aid in 1985. In the year that marks what would have been his seventieth birthday, Freddie Mercury: A Life celebrates a remarkable life, lived to the fullest. Featuring revealing interviews with fellow musicians, producers and collaborators, and a detailed discography and timeline, this is a memorable tribute to a unique recording artist and an irreplaceable performer who rocked the world.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

His Life in His Own Words

  • Author: Freddie Mercury,Greg Brooks,Jer Bulsara,Simon Lupton
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books
  • ISBN: 9781847726506
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 176
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First published by Mercury Songs Ltd., 2006.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury

  • Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444733702
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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'Exactly the sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted' SPECTATOR 'No one has captured better than Lesley-Ann Jones the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury' THE TIMES 'Truly definitive, truly Freddie, an energetic, entertaining and essential account' SIR TIM RICE 'This book grabs you with its opening, then builds. Insight and anecdote in perfect harmony' SIMON NAPIER-BELL 'At last a massive tribute to a massive talent' STEVE HARLEY, COCKNEY REBEL This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the book will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man.

Conversations With Freddie Mercury

Conversations With Freddie Mercury

  • Author: Ronald Ritter,Sussan Evermore
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
  • ISBN: 1387406264
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: N.A
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Freddie's outlook or comments about life now come from a different perspective as he has passed over. This book is a record of his new perspective, he is charming, witty and spiritual. Once passed, Freddie experiences what is known as a viewing. Simply said it is the newly attained ability of the one who has passed to view their own life without judgement and with clarity of understanding. It was especially important to Freddie that we included discussions about all the members of the band and that we did not leave anyone out, as he reiterated, 'we were all part of the success of Queen'. If you are a fan of Freddie Mercury or just curious you will find many answers about his life that have not been found or discussed in his biographies. You will laugh and cry, you might even sing a verse or two as Freddie talks to us from beyond the grave as we remember a man who reached the pinnacle of musical success.

Freddie Mercury a to Z

Freddie Mercury a to Z

The Life of an Icon - from Austin to Zanzibar

  • Author: Steve Wide
  • Publisher: A to Z Icons series
  • ISBN: 9781925811346
  • Category:
  • Page: 56
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Salute everyone's favorite Queen in this alphabetic journey through a larger-than-life career in artistry. Celebrate Freddie Mercury in the next iteration of Steve Wide's Icons A to Z series. Follow Freddie, born Farrokh Bulsara, as he harnesses hyperdontia to develop an unparalleled vocal range. See Smile, Freddie's first complete band, graduate to become the global phenomenon Queen. Dissect lyrical oddities like "radio gaga" and "Scaramouch," and revel in the glorious chevron mustache Freddie grew in 1980... Ripples of Freddie's legacy are still felt in music recorded today. He was a juggernaut of technical and conceptual innovation and left the world far before his time. This illustrated book pays homage to the impact Freddie left on pop culture and in all our hearts.

Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best

Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best

An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best

  • Author: Peter Freestone
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • ISBN: 0857121278
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 276
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An intimate memoir of the flamboyant Queen singer by the man who knew him best. Peter Freestone was Freddie Mercury’s Personal Assistant for the last 12 years of his life. He lived with Mercury in London, Munich and New York, and he was with him when he died. In this book, the most intimate account of Mercury’s life ever written, he reveals the truth behind the scandalous rumours, the outrageous lifestyle and Mercury’s relationships with men, women and the other members of Queen. From the famous names – including Elton John, Kenny Everett, Elizabeth Taylor and Rod Stewart – to the shadowy army of lovers, fixers and hangers-on, Peter Freestone saw them all play their part in the tragi-comedy that was Freddie Mercury’s life. Freestone lived with Mercury in Europe and America for over a decade. From the East 50s apartment in New York to Kensington Lodge, the house in London where Mercury died – not to mention innumerable international hotel rooms and apartments in between – Freestone was always on hand to serve and protect the man he had first met in the Biba department store in the early 1970s. Then Queen was a largely unknown band. Soon it would be the most glitzy of glam rock bands. Freestone saw the fame arrive and with it the generosity, the excess, and the celebrity friends who came and went. “I was chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, valet, secretary, amanuensis, cleaner, baby-sitter… and agony aunt,” he writes. “I shopped for him both at supermarkets and art markets, I travelled the world with him, I was with him at the highs and came through the lows with him. I saw the creative juices flow and I also saw the frustration when life wasn’t going well. I acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course, I was one of his nurses.” Freestone’s bet-selling account of a talented and extravagant star’s life and death is compelling, entertaining and ultimately, very touching. Illustrated with many photos from personal and Freestone’s own archives. Press Reviews“An entertaining and thought provoking read” – PRS for Music Sales “This collection of Freddie’s own words is the closest thing there is to an autobiography of a man with no regrets. The foreword is written by his mother” – reFRESH magazine, Leading Gay mag in the UK

THIS WAS THE REAL LIFE

THIS WAS THE REAL LIFE

The Tale of Freddie Mercury

  • Author: David Evans,David Minns
  • Publisher: Tusitala Press
  • ISBN: 1783016353
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 239
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QUEEN lost not only a singer when Freddie Mercury died in 1991. Freddie's friends lost Freddie. In this biographical volume of memories, Freddie Mercury's life is celebrated, remembered and recounted by a collection of his closest friends, lovers, collaborators and colleagues.

FREDDIE MERCURY - What He Left Behind

FREDDIE MERCURY - What He Left Behind

The Story of What Happened after the death of Freddie Mercury

  • Author: David Evans,Peter Freestone
  • Publisher: Tusitala Press
  • ISBN: 1783016302
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 150
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The final part of the Story of Freddie Mercury, one of rock 'n' roll's most unforgettable and most talented creative forces. Peter Freestone and David Evans tie up many loose ends and recall Freddie's last days in 1991 and recount details of the events which followed Queen's lead singer's death involving the people and places Freddie loved and favoured.